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India’s Rug Saint

Written by CATHRYN JAKOBSON RAMINNarrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN

Nand Kishore Chaudhary built Jaipur Rugs Co. into a runaway success by working closely with India’s poorest citizens, and by developing an...

Greece’s Secret to Perfect Honey

Written by ROB WATERSNarrated by IZAAK SIBLEY

While prosperous countries like the U.S. have struggled to keep their honeybees alive, Greece continues to produce what many consider the world’s...

The Hydraulic Genius of Shari’ah Law

Written by Roberto LovatoNarrated by Mitch Greenberg

You’ve probably never heard the term “acequia,” but it describes one of the oldest methods of irrigation on the planet. Too bad American ranchers...

The Wizard of Old Wheels

Written by Owen EdwardsNarrated by Göran Norquist

As today’s motorcycles become more high-tech, the simplicity of a vintage bike becomes more appealing. Among the simplest are Japanese models...

Occupy Your Bathroom

Written by TODD OPPENHEIMERNarrated by TODD OPPENHEIMER

One man’s quiet fight to save your face, your bank account, and the environment from an endless case of shaving rash....

Is Digital Craftsmanship an Oxymoron?

Written by TODD OPPENHEIMERNarrated by IZAAK SIBLEY

On a funky old pier along San Francisco’s waterfront, Autodesk, a world leader in digital tools for makers, runs a futuristic prototype shop that...

Real Film Strikes Back

Written by DAVID MUNRONarrated by Göran Norquist

Against all odds, and despite the best efforts of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, old-fashioned, analog, motion-picture film is suddenly making a...

The Celluloid Gumshoe

Written by Barbara TannenbaumNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

Eddie Muller has dedicated his life to finding, restoring, and re-releasing lost films of the great Film Noir era of the 1940s and ’50s. His...

The Soul of the Italian Shoe

Written by ERLA ZWINGLENarrated by DINAH BERKELEY

In Venice, Italy, a city built for endless walking, a determined young woman named Daniela Ghezzo has mastered the rare art of simultaneously...

The Architecture of Trust

Written by Michael ErardNarrated by Mitchell Greenberg

With only a quick glance at today’s overheated political climate—the balkanized geography between red and blue states, the bombastic former...

Women Who Embroider the Air

Written by Erla ZwingleNarrated by Nancy LeBrun

On a small island near Venice, the fine art of hand-sewn lace somehow remains alive. Our correspondent visits with the master craftswomen of...

The New Water Alchemists

Written by Judith D. SchwartzNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

Animals, plants, soil, and air have long collaborated to regulate our climate by stimulating “the water cycle.” They have also helped control...

The Return of the Harmonica

Written by Ben MarksNarrated by Goran Norquist

In the 1970s, Hohner, the world’s largest harmonica manufacturer, changed its flagship model, and in the process its signature sound. A few...

The Norwegian Sweater Detective

Written by Sarah PollockNarrated by Avanthika Srinivasan

In a postcard-perfect valley in southern Norway, Annemor Sundbø nurtures her life’s work: old garments, paintings, and other clues to the myths...

The World’s Greatest Goldbeater

Written by Erla ZwingleNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

Marino Menegazzo hammers gold leaf by hand into sheets 200 times thinner than a human hair. He works in the same studio where Titian, one of...

The VW Doctor is In

Written by Owen EdwardsNarrated by Goran Norquist

In a corrugated tin shed that somehow survived California’s massive fires in Sonoma Valley, Gary Freeman labors to keep old VW Beetles and...

The Rawhide Artist

Written by Andy RieberNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

Bill Black has poured his life into refining a simple piece of handmade horse gear called a hackamore. Although the device is rarely used...

a bunch of indigo-dyed yard, tied into a loose knot

The Secret to Vintage Jeans

Written by Brian HoweNarrated by Goran Norquist

On December 31, 2017, the doors closed on North Carolina’s White Oak plant—the first, and now last, big textile mill in the U.S. to make true,...

Real Film Strikes Back

Written by David MunroNarrated by Goran Norquist

Against all odds, and despite the best efforts of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, old-fashioned, analog, motion-picture film is suddenly making a...

The Toolbelt Masters

Written by Lorraine SandersNarrated by Nancy LeBrun

With gumption, insight, and brilliant use of social media, a few guys in Virginia built an operation that makes what could be the world’s finest...

Mexico’s Master Guitar Makers

Written by Laura FraserNarrated by Adriana Morga

The now iconic white guitar made famous by the Disney film “Coco” was created in Paracho, a small Mexican town where almost every shop makes...

The Cigar Box Guitar Maker

Written by Nancy LeBrunNarrated by Nancy LeBrun

When a promising rock musician tired of the road and the pressure, he gave up music and got a job at a hardware store. Then one day, he had a...

The Healing Power of “Bello”

Written by Laura FraserNarrated by Avanthika Srinivasan

On the Northeastern coast of Italy, an unusual drug treatment center uses craftsmanship — and the strength of community — to rehabilitate some of...

The Power of the Scribe

Written by Bryce T. BauerNarrated by Mitchell Greenberg

Spiritual faith has long been shaped by the lettering on a religion’s sacred texts. This is particularly the case with Judaism, so we visited...

Artisanal Homemade Bread Made Simple

Written by Todd OppenheimerNarrated by Todd Oppenheimer

Confined to our homes during the Covid-19 quarantine, many of us have realized this is an ideal time to start baking our own bread. The idea has...

The Human Cost of Recycled Cotton

Written by Alden WickerNarrated by Nancy LeBrun

Everyone in the fashion world wants to find a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way to make cotton clothes — or a benign (and comfy)...

The Bug Whisperer

Written by Kristin OhlsonNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

Mark Sturges doesn’t advertise — clients have to find him by word of mouth, but find him they do. He’s become a master of an agricultural art as...

Straw Bale: The Ultra-Ecological House

Written by Mea McNeilNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

As our environmental challenges mount — from devastating wildfires to hurricanes and floods — one solution, largely ignored thus far, may lie in...

The Bonsai Kid

Written by Nancy LeBrunNarrated by Avanthika Srinivasan

A young Oregonian believes that he can create a uniquely American form of the Japanese bonsai tree. And he is literally betting the farm on the...

When Indigenous Women Win

Written by Andrew SullivanNarrated by Goran Norquist

In the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, a band of determined indigenous women led the overthrow of a criminal cartel. Their victory revived the...

The Jewelry Archaeologist

Written by Alison MainNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

Through years of painstaking, often combative detective work, Hugo Kohl rescued an era of early American jewelry manufacturing technology that...

How Far Can Beer Science Go?

Written by Grace RubensteinNarrated by Grace Rubenstein

Where else would you expect to find a band of techno-scientific, craft beer geeks, except on the industrial side of San Francisco, ground zero...

The Watchman of Lausanne

Written by Michael CervinNarrated by Leroy Graham

For more than six centuries, a lone figure—part guard, part human angel—has circled the bell tower every night in the Cathedral of Lausanne,...

The Secrets of an Italian Gelato Master

Written by Erla ZwingleNarrated by Avanthika Srinivasan

Gelato, it turns out, is a very different creature from ice cream. And there are reasons that the best gelato tastes so creamy yet somehow still...

The Art of the Joke

Written by David MunroNarrated by Todd Oppenheimer

When you watch masterful stand-up comics perform, they seem just naturally hilarious. Don’t kid yourself. This is hard work—a craft like making...

Eco-fashion’s Animal Rights Delusion

Written by Alden WickerNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

In this exploration of the hidden stories behind materials such as wool and rayon, silk and polyester, and vegan leather, Alden Wicker—a frequent...

The Drought Fighter

Written by Todd OppenheimerNarrated by Todd Oppenheimer

Could a small, controversial farmer in Northern California have found the most effective way to grow food in a warming world? With gross income...

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